Feb. 23, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Freshman Dani Foster has qualified for the 2012 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Rifle Championships, as announced by the NCAA on Thursday. Foster shot two school records en route to qualifying for the tournament- a 580 in smallbore and 1165 aggregate score.
"I'm excited for Dani," said Miller. "The NCAAs are a wonderful experience for a competitor."
Foster is the first individual from NC State to qualify for the NCAA Championships since current head coach Keith Miller did so in 1984. She has enjoyed a strong freshman campaign under Miller's guidance, and has come on strong in the last few meets on the season. She has not shot a score lower than 576 in smallbore in the last four meets.
"Shooting in the NCAAs is not only a reward, but a chance to shoot against the best shooters in the country," Miller said. "Competition opportunities like this are rare, so I'm thrilled that she can participate, and I'm sure it will make her an even better shooter."
The last time an NC State team qualified for the tournament was in 1982. The team has had a strong season during the 2011-12 campaign, and is currently undefeated in the SEARC.
"This is not only a great thing for Dani, it's a big step forward for our program," said Miller. "Over the last few years we've received more support, and this enabled us to raise our performances and our expectations. One of our goals is to return to the NCAAs as a team, and having an individual qualify is one component that helps us along that path.
"Many good things will come from this."
The NC State rifle team will compete at the Great American Rifle Conference Championships in Oxford, Miss., this weekend. The match will begin on Friday, Feb. 24, and run until Sunday, Feb. 26.